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Hurry Up Or Wait — OddGodfrey: The Oddly Compelling Story of a Sailing Circumnavigation of the World

May 12, 2020. 60 days down, 30 remaining on our Maldivian Tourist Visa. It’s been a couple weeks since the Radio Transmission to Scare the Ink Out of Me, and our anchor is still nestled in the Maldivian sand. For a brief moment, we thought we might be turning back. After all the worried contac

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Hello 2017!

We spent the week between Christmas and New Year visiting more friends and family.  We went bowling, watched football games, made stop motion videos using stick bots, modeling clay, poor Osmond, and even some of our human friends.  We soaked up as much friend/family time as we could.  I teetered between anticipating homesickness for family and friends and anticipating the excitement of more travel.  I am very bad at just enjoying the moment; the time I get with the people I love is bitter sweet.  I experience the feeling of missing these people when I am right there with them in the room! Osmond knows how I feel.  He and Radar just barely perfected the art of being a totem pole, and now we have to leave! As December 31 approached, we started to weasel out of our New Year’s Eve Tradition – the Crabcrack.  With Sonrisa in Tonga, our house rented out, and our living accommodations varying between a Ford Transit Van and/or various guest rooms of friends and family, we didn’t know where to hold the Crabcrack.  But, the morning of New Year’s Eve dawned with new vigor.  I tried to chase down a flock of wild turkeys for a picture, and after huffing and puffing through the snow and high elevation, I was all fired up and ready to go. So, we shuffled off to Albertsons to acquire crab.  If I can give you one piece of advice on New Year’s Eve-making, it is this:  At about 5 p.m. drink one or two Irish Coffees.  (If you imbibe in coffee and alcohol, that is.  If not, I guess you are going to have to go with a jello shooter, infused with Sprite.)  An Irish Coffee is the perfect treat to help you make it to midnight.  A tablespoon of sugar, a pour of piping hot coffee, a shot of Irish Whiskey (I’m not going to get into the Bushmills v. Jameson fight, they both taste fine to me), and topped with homemade whipped cream.  Guaranteed to help you make it to midnight.  This year, our Irish Coffees were extra delicious, as our whipped cream was made with Tahaa Vanilla Extract.  MMMmmmm. We ate our crab, visited with family and friends, and then as the clock struck midnight, we danced around the front yard clanging mixing bowls and drinking champagne.  Someone else in the neighborhood was shooting off fireworks, a contribution for which I was most grateful.   The first day of 2017 was spent completing Oddgodfrey’s Annual Analysis, preparing our goal chart and cheating on our New Year’s diet by going to Mexican Food at one of my favorite Utah eateries:  The Red Iguana.  But, Andrew and I did split our meal. I was a little stressed out due to the fact that we were not packed to fly away to New Zealand yet, and after six weeks near reliable internet I still could not get my collection of 2016 photographs to transfer from my computer onto the cloud or onto a hard drive.   2017 Goals:  Learn to use The Snap Chat and Instagram. Saying goodbye to our parents, siblings, and the Adorable Niece was a little hard.  So, to make it easier, as we left my parents house, I left them with a copy of our Trust, just in case we die somewhere in transit.  “Okay now, it’s time to leave.  It’s been so much fun, guys!  Thanks for the beautiful Christmas.  Here’s a copy of our trust in case we die…. please make sure that Sonrisa gets taken back somewhere that she will meet good new owners….Ok, bring it in for hugs everyone!  Ok, we love you, bye-bye!”    Then, we headed into Salt Lake to deliver the van back to Andrew’s mom, put Calamity Jane and Tang back in the garage, and eat lunch with Andrew’s family.  Andrew has a cold, so he couldn’t hold the Adorable Niece, but I mugged on her as long as I could. Then we were even sent away with a selection of Adorable Niece pictures to hang on Sonrisa’s walls.  Hugs all around, then out we go. While I know Sonrisa has been nervous about us visiting home, I told her she has nothing to worry about. It started to snow as we transferred our luggage to the car.  The cold air bites our nose and grabs at our lungs as we give more hugs and escape to the American Airlines check In desk.  As I watched the guys de-ice the plane, I happily embrace the prospect of returning to summer in the Southern Hemisphere.   Here’s hoping 2017 will be another year of exploring beautiful, tropical locations and dabbling in creative pursuits to our hearts’ content. P.S.!  You have two more days to get your own goal planning sheet at the discounted Skin-In-The-Game-Rate.  After the fifth, you are going to have to double down to make good on your promises to yourself.  We all know that the longer you put off writing your objectives down, the less likely you are to get focused, get started and get energized.  Make a bet on yourself this year.   sale The Plan for Overnight Success 50.00 100.00

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Overnight Success!

My favorite holiday is coming up!  New Year’s Day is just days away and I get to start my most favorite family tradition: annual goal analysis and planning! *insert audible snort from my boss here* No really.  The start of a new year is always my favorite time. We spend a few hours analyzing how our past year went, patting ourselves on the back for being SO AWESOME, and prepping a new plan for next year.  What could be more fun? The last time I peeled a fully filled out annual plan off my cork board (strategically located in my bathroom, directly in front of our commode) it was the last in a series of ten charts that led us to our castoff.  The day I pulled that chart down, I had chills.  It worked.  All our planning led us where we wanted to go. I could hear the ironic cheer my partner yells anytime we win a case we worked on for years:  “An overnight success!”   People often ask how did we make this sailing trip happen?  This post gives you the secret. It’s really boring!  But I swear it is true.  From 2005 through 2007 we wandered around blindly – happening upon sailing opportunities, finding jobs, buying a house, moving to Las Vegas.  We had our big dream in mind, but we were also just letting life take us where it might.  Already, the business of life and work were pulling us away from the little things that made us happy.  In 2007, we hardly mountain biked or camped at all.  I started to worry.  If the little things we loved were falling away, what about our big dream? How would we stay focused and make that happen?  We needed a system.  In December of 2007, I set to making another chart.  (The Oddgodfreys love charts.) I broke our categories into the major things we needed to get done in a year:  (1) learn to sail; (2) get some money (3) stay healthy and strong; (4) remain sane while we wait; and (5) grow our professions and our community.  I made a column for deadlines.  I made a column designed to keep track whenever we made good on something we said we would do.  We didn’t need a giant plan envisioning 13 years of effort all at once. I knew if we could organize and keep smaller commitments each year, we would get there.   In honor of the New Year, Andrew and I sat down over a cup of tea and listed a handful of little tasks organized under each category. We asked ourselves one question: “What do we need to do this year to remain happy, keep our health strong, our finances improving and make our sailing dream happen?  For 2008, we set out the following:  1. Sailing:  (a) race in at least 10 races on Lake Mead; (b) buy our own boat for $5,000 or less; (c) go sail camping at least once before the end of the year; (d) Take ASA Certification Courses Levels 1 – 3 by end of the year.   2. Finances:  (a) save $1500 per month toward sailing.  (b) Save up six months worth of cash in an emergency fund.  3. Fitness and Health:  (a) Weight train three days per week; (b) cardio three days per week. 4. Personal Sanity:  (a) Go camping four times; (b) Do at least 12 mountain bike rides; (c) host at least four dinner parties; (d) Plant a spring and a fall garden; (e) write journal notes at least once per week; (f) travel to Utah to visit family at least four times. 5. Professional and Community:  (a) Write at least 1 professional article; (b) Take at least three depositions (L); (c) Obtain three new customers (A); (d) Prepare Henderson Symphony Orchestra’s 501(c)(3) application.  We printed out the chart and pinned it up on the wall in the bathroom on a cork board. Why the bathroom?  Well, it is one of those places a person must go every single day, and it’s not quite as obnoxious for guests as the refrigerator.  I tied a pen to a string and pinned it right next to the chart.  No excuses due to a lost pen! Then we would track every time we did something we said we would do with checkmarks or tick marks. Whenever we would complete a task as promised, we would do a little dance.  If it was a big goal i.e. the day we paid off student loans, we would make ourselves a nice dinner and enjoy a bottle of wine we had saved for such an occasion.     We confronted ourselves every single day with our own high demands. We also started doing a semi-annual review at six months and a third quarter review at 9 months to check progress and re-jigger the plan.  Sometimes we would overshoot, and by six months in, we realized a goal is unrealistic given time/energy/financial resources, we just don’t care about this particular goal as much as we thought we did, or there is something else more important to which we have to divert resources.  When this happens, we adjust or delete the goal to realign our plan with what we really want at the end of the year.  Before we remove a goal, we think about t

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